"Very exciting and hands on.  A great way to learn different ways of taking photographs and setting up sets". Student

You will be introduced to a range of photographic media, processes and techniques and be encouraged to research relevant images from the past and from recent times. The majority of the course will be taught through the use of digital cameras and computer manipulated photography, although students will also have the opportunity to experience dark room techniques.  You have the opportunity to explore your ideas through a range of themes such as portraiture, landscape photography and still life photography.


Course Content

Component 1 - Personal Investigation

A practical 'Personal Investigation' supported by a written element.  Students select and explore a theme in depth.

Component 2 - Externally set assignment

Candidates will be given a question paper containing a range of exciting starting points.  Candidates will choose one to develop.  They will be given a lead in period in which to prepare for the final exam.  The final exam consists of a supervised period of 15 hours.

Where the course leads

The A Level course in Photography can contribute to a portfolio of work as part of the entry requirements to a Foundation course at The Arts University, Bournemouth, which could lead to a BA (Hons) Degree course in a range of Art disciplines.

Entry Requirements

An interest in photography and a creative outlook! A digital camera is useful but no student should be deterred from considering this course as there will be some school equipment available.  Familiarity with Photoshop is desirable.

Course Contact

Mrs M Biggs

Art Subject Leader